Transport: Just Above Water

First hydrofoil craft to enter regular commuter service in the U.S. is the good ship Albatross, which last week made her maiden voyage on the Port Washington, L.I.-Wall Streen run. Departure time: 8:20 a.m. She was laden with suburban-dwelling executives, plus a tape recorder, individual transistor radios, an electric shaver, ship-to-shore telephone, champagne and high hopes. But on the planned 50-minute trip from Club Capri Marina to lower Manhatten, virtually nothing went right.

Except the Albatross. Her extruded aluminum foils lifted the hull several feet above the waves, her speed crept up to 32 m.p.h., and she went winging across the...

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